Dr Gautam Kumar Jha teaches Bahasa Indonesia at the Centre for Chinese & Southeast Asian Studies, School of Languages and Literature, JNU. He did his Ph.D. from JNU. He is a recipient of National Level Awards and Token of Appreciation from Indonesian Minister of Commerce for disseminating Indonesian language and culture in India. His first book Pan-Islam and Indonesia: Indonesian Islam through the Ages was published in 2012. He has contributed several articles related to Indonesian affairs, language and culture to newspapers and journals, and edited books. He has been instrumental in various academic collaborations and agreements between Indonesian universities and JNU.